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Friday
Feb112011

Woman Who Received Flirty E-Mails From Congressman Speaks Out

Photo Courtesy - Chris Lee [dot] House [dot] gov(NEW YORK) -- The "other" woman in the supposedly online affair that brought down the political career of New York Republican Congressman Chris Lee says he had it coming.

Continuing to keep her identity a secret, the 34-year-old woman told the blog TheLoop21 Thursday that Lee was likely a serial cheater who "probably met more women online."

She said she felt no pity for Lee, who resigned abruptly Wednesday after the Gawker website revealed the former lawmaker sent flirty e-mails as well as a bare-chested photograph of himself to the woman he met on Craigslist.

The woman wrote Thursday, "Cheaters eventually get caught.  He didn't have to resign.  He made that choice himself...The lesson is, if you're going to do dirt, do it anonymously.  People cheat everyday, but only dumb people get caught."

As it happened, Lee used his actual name and an e-mail address that was traced back to his Facebook account.

Ironically, the woman claims the ad she posted on Craigslist looking for men wasn't done in seriousness, adding, "I wanted them to prove to me that they were not trolls...I thought it would be fun to see what type of men would send me their photos."

Among the 30 responses she said she received was one from Lee, purporting to be a 39-year-old divorced lobbyist.  Lee is actually 46, married and has a child.

Meanwhile, the woman's advice to Lee spouse is simply "get tested."

In Washington, House Speaker John Boehner has denied that he told Lee to resign his post although there are reports the Ohio lawmaker advised the congressman to scale back on his partying-ways last year.

Lee's replacement will be found through a special election that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will call for later this year.

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Wednesday
Feb092011

Congressman Chris Lee Resigns After Shirtless Photo Posted on Internet

Photo Courtesy - Chris Lee dot House gov(WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Chris Lee, R-N.Y., resigned from Congress after a report emerged that he had sent flirtatious emails, including one with a bare-chested photo of himself, to a woman he met on Craigslist. Lee is married and has a child.

"It has been a tremendous honor to serve the people of Western New York. I regret the harm that my actions have caused my family, my staff and my constituents. I deeply and sincerely apologize to them all. I have made profound mistakes and I promise to work as hard as I can to seek their forgiveness," Lee said in a statement Wednesday night.

"The challenges we face in Western New York and across the country are too serious for me to allow this distraction to continue, and so I am announcing that I have resigned my seat in Congress effective immediately."

On Wednesday, gossip website Gawker posted a story that included the emails allegedly exchanged between Lee and the unnamed woman. According to the story, a single 34-year old woman from Maryland posted an ad on Craigslist's "Women for Men" section on Jan. 14. Soon afterwards a man named Christopher Lee replied, identifying himself as a 39-year-old divorced lobbyist.

In the ensuing exchange, Lee purportedly sent the woman an email including a photo of him with his shirt off, flexing his arms and chest. The woman later broke off her correspondence with Lee when she did an online search for him and determined that he had lied about his age and his job, the Gawker story reported.

Lee is a Republican congressman representing the 26th district of New York. He and his wife Michele have a young son named Johnathan, according to a biography on his website.

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